Out of the City and Down to the Seaside

By Lyn Lifshin

with her dulcimers, her

songs. Writing at night.

Once she could write

anywhere. Once she

was invisible as blown

seeds. Once she could

write on sand, under

cypress. Once no one

cared “who’s that

about.” Sometimes

she’d write something

down and think “Oh

I like how the words

sound but it doesn’t

say anything.” Some

times friends come and

listen to her sing. If

they love her songs, it’s

better than drugs

or gin. Sometimes she

felt like a hippie goddess

rocking rhythms while

they’re waiting

with candles in the

window. Sometimes

what she’s feeling

is not anything a poet

can sing


Lyn Lifshin has published over 130 books and chapbooks including three from Black Sparrow Press: Cold Comfort, Before It’s Light, and Another Woman Who Looks Like Me. Before Secretariat: The Red Freak, the Miracle, Lifshin published her prize winning book about the short lived beautiful race horse Ruffian, The Licorice Daughter: My Year With Ruffian and Barbaro: Beyond Brokenness. Recent books include Ballroom, All the Poets Who Have Touched Me, Living and Dead, All True, Especially The Lies, Light At the End: The Jesus Poems, Katrina, Mirrors, Persphone, Lost In The Fog,  Knife Edge Absinthe: The Tango Poems.  NYQ Books published A Girl Goes into The Woods. Also  just out: For the Roses poems after Joni Mitchell and Hitchcock Hotel from Danse Macabre. The Miracle and Tangled as the Alphabet—The Istanbul Poems from Night Ballet Press. Just released as well: Malala. The Marilyn Poems was just released from Rubber Boots Press. An update to her Gale Research Autobiography is out: Lips, Blues, Blue Lace: On The Outside. Also just out is a dvd of the documentary film about her: Lyn Lifshin: Not Made Of Glass. Just out: Femme Eterna and Moving Through Stained Glass: the Maple Poems. Forthcoming: Degas Little Dancer and Winter Poems from Kind of a Hurricane Press.

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